Everton vs Manchester United
Date: Saturday, 17th October
Time: 3.00pm BST
Venue: Goodison Park
Manchester United fans were brought back down to earth with a bump last time out, with a 3-0 defeat away to Arsenal hard to take for the travelling support.
The manner of defeat at the Emirates Stadium will be the most disappointing thing for a United side with title aspirations, with lacklustre defending in the first half confirming defeat and abject attack doing little to remedy the situation.
A positive reaction by the Old Trafford outfit here is essential to get the team back on track, especially with fixtures both domestically and on the continent coming thick and fast over the next month.
Everton are free of Europa League distractions this season and look back to their best under progressive manager Roberto Martinez.
The Toffees have quality all over the park but gifted playmaker Ross Barkley has been receiving plaudits for club and country this season so far with some blistering form.
Romelu Lukaku has also shown glimpses of his best and scored last time out against Liverpool as the Goodison Park outfit shared the spoils with their closest rivals in a 1-1 draw.
Everton team news
Slowly but surely a couple of the Toffees’ key players are returning to fitness, with Martinez revealing that John Stones is set to be available for this crunch clash. Ramiro Funes Mori should be the man to drop out after his long journey to South America and back.
Seamus Coleman has been on the sidelines for some time but should make the starting XI after playing for the Republic of Ireland last weekend.
Brendan Galloway is expected to continue at left-back due to Leighton Baines’ unavailability, while the Merseysiders are also without ex-Red Devil Tom Cleverley, Muhamed Besic, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar.
Manchester United team news
Despite harbouring a slight injury that forced him to sit out of England’s final two Euro 2016 qualifiers, Wayne Rooney is likely to face his former club on Saturday.
Michael Carrick was another that was afforded a rest from Three Lions duty and is expected to be available to Van Gaal for one of the two boiler room spots.
Everton vs Manchester United: Probable line-ups
Everton: Howard, Galloway, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Barkley, Deulofeu, Naismith, Lukaku.
Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Blind, Smalling, Darmian, Scheniderlin, Carrick, Depay, Mata, Rooney, Martial.
Everton have won four of the last six meetings between the sides, including a 3-0 win in the corresponding fixture last season.
Romelu Lukaku has seven goals in ten games this season, while Wayne Rooney has struggled for form; he has not scored away from Old Trafford in the Premier League in his last 17 matches.